Tonight is some kind of home run hitting exhibition thing, whatever. Basically it means there's no real baseball today. Which is weird. So if you're used to coming to Red Reporter to waste time, you can still do that here. I plan to be in this thread talking about the home run derby (not really) and all kinds of other shit.
Here are some facts about the old syndicated TV show "Home Run Derby":
1) It was really boring, similar to the new home run derby.
2) It took place in Wrigley Field, but not the one you think. It was the Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, which was the home of some PCL teams and also the Los Angeles Angels in their first year of existence (1961, the year after the TV show). Wrigley gave up 248 home runs in 1961, a record that stood for 30 years. It was torn down a few years later and now there stands a loony bin.
3) The show lasted for 26 episodes in 1960, ceasing production after host Mark Scott died of a heart attack on July13 -- 11 days after the last episode aired.
4) Hank Aaron had the most appearances (seven) and the most wins (six). He won $13,500.
5) Mickey Mantle was the winner in the first and last episodes of the show, beating Willie Mays in the first 9-8 and Jackie Jensen in the last 13-10.
6) Eight contestants are still alive: Aaron, Ernie Banks, Bob Cerv, Rocky Colavito, Al Kaline, Mays, Frank Robinson, and Gus Triandos.
7) Every episode is now for sale at the iTunes store for $1.99 apiece.